A law that was enacted to protect women from being harassed or threatened while exercising their right to an abortion also protects abortion foes, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Maryanne Trump Barry awarded $10,000 to an anti-abortion counselor who sued under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act after she got threatening messages from an abortion rights supporter.The case was the first in which the law - designed to protect women from anti-abortion demonstrators outside clinics - was used to penalize threats made against an anti-abortion volunteer, Barry said.